Award-winning Historian, Writer, Podcaster and Speaker
David jumped to national attention with his award-winning first history book, Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia. His dry wit, selection of curious historical moments and vivid portrayal of the heroes and villains of Australia’s past breathed fresh life into the nation’s story. The audiobook version of Girt, read by David, is one of Audible Australia’s top 5 bestselling audiobooks of all time.
The cracking sequel, True Girt, was shortlisted for the 2017 Audiobook of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards and the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. David is currently working on volume 3 of The Unauthorised History of Australia, Girt Nation.
David is also a children’s book author, with The Nose Pixies shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s 2017 Book of the Year Awards. His second children’s book, My Real Friend, will be published in 2019.
David wrote and co-presented the ABC Radio Australian history podcast, Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, which was one of Rolling Stone’s four hottest podcasts of 2016 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ten History Podcasts You Need to Hear. He also wrote and narrated a series of animated web-videos for the National Museum of Australia’s Defining Moments in Australian History project.
David regularly talks about Australian history on ABC Radio and has written about our past for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Guardian. He also writes for The Chaser Quarterly.
David spoke about Australians’ relationship with their history at TEDxSydney 2017 and regularly delivers presentations at universities, schools, libraries, clubs, writers festivals and corporate events.
Before his writing career, David was a lawyer and policy advisor.
Of his exploration into Australia’s history of inventions in this series, David says,
“I’m fascinated by how our unique history and harsh environment have fostered a truly inventive culture that has gifted the nation with brilliant, opportunistic and oddball thinkers, tinkerers and titans of industry.”